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The North Dakota Safety Council is a private non-profit organization supported through grants, donations and memberships. Our mission is to save lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, on the roads, and in our homes and communities. With more than 1,000 member companies representing all sizes of all industries, the NDSC is an active participant in influencing safe work practices all across North Dakota.

 
 


Thank You NDSC Members 

New Members as of 
June 1, 2015
A. C. Dellovade
Automatic Garage Door
Benz Oil Co
BOH, Inc.
Enable, Inc.
Foster, Jacobs & Johnson, Inc.
Frac Shack
Gefroh Electric, Inc.
General Security Services Corp.
Horizon Energy Services
Liberty Industrial Group
Optimal Field Services, LLC
Pastorek Construction
Pittsburg Tank & Tower Co., Inc.
Plant Techniques & Services, Inc.
Power Services company
Taney Engineering
T-Force Energy Services
Waste Management Energy Services
Wildcard Fencing, LLC.
Williston Vector Control
 
Renewing Members as of 
June 1, 2015
American Machine & Engineering
Aspen Environmental Services
Pinky's Aggregates, Inc.
 



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Fireworks Safety:  Tips for a Safe and Enjoyable 4th of July
 
July 1, 2015 - According to the latest data from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, injuries from fireworks accounted for 11,400 visits to emergency rooms in 2013, with the most common injuries being burns and eye injuries. There were also eight fireworks-related deaths that same year.
 
The safest way to enjoy the 4th of July is to leave the fireworks to the professionals. If you do plan to put on a private show, the North Dakota Safety Council offers the following tips to keep you and your family safe:
  • Never allow young children to handle fireworks
  • Older children should use fireworks only under close adult supervision
  • Light fireworks outdoors in a clear area away from onlookers, houses, and flammable materials
  • Light one device at a time and maintain a safe distance after lighting
  • Never ignite devices in a container
  • Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks; douse and soak them with water and discard them safely
  • Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that don’t go off or in case of fire
 
For more information on fireworks safety, contact Peter Pomonis, NDSC Home & Community Coordinator, at (701) 223-6372 or PeterP@ndsc.org.
 

 
National Safety Month Week 5
Driving Safety – Be Alert, Don’t Wreck Your Summer
 
June 29, 2015 - Car crashes remain a leading cause of unintentional death in the U.S., with nearly 100 people killed on our roadways every day. Fortunately, these crashes can be prevented if we all take steps to ensure one another's safety.
  • Limit distractions - don't text or talk on your phone while driving.
  • Get plenty of sleep - you should never get behind the wheel if you are tired or have been taking certain medications.
  • Never drink and drive - designate a sober driver, impairment begins at the first drink.
  • Drive the appropriate speed for conditions - speeding crashes are often more deadly.
  • Spend time teaching your teen how to drive - parental involvement can significantly reduce teens' crash risk.
 
Download Your Free Resources Today!
Get the resources you need to prepare for an emergency. Download these free National Safety Month tools:
Safety Checklist: Get there safe and sound
Fact Sheet: Car crashes - a leading cause of preventable death
English     Spanish
 
Click the links above to download individual PDFs, or click here to download the complete National Safety Month Toolkit.
 
NDSC Member Exclusive Downloads
There are even more resources on the NDSC Members Only website, including 5-Minute Safety Talks and additional safety tip posters. Click here to login now!
 
Forgot your password? Call (701) 223-6372 for assistance.
Not a member? Click here to learn more about NDSC Member benefits, or call Kristin at (701) 751-6115.
 

 

OSHA Issues New Final Rule to Protect
Construction Workers in Confined Spaces

June 16, 2015 - The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule to increase protections for construction workers in confined spaces. Effective August 3, 2015, the rule will provide construction workers in confined spaces with protections similar to those manufacturing and general industry workers have had for more than two decades, with some differences tailored to the construction industry.
 
The new final rule includes specific requirements to ensure that multiple employers on construction worksites share vital safety information and continuously monitor hazards. By isolating and eliminating hazards in confined spaces, the new standard will significantly improve the safety of construction workers who enter confined spaces. OSHA estimates that the new final rule will prevent about 780 serious injuries every year.
 
Compliance assistance material and additional information is available on OSHA's Confined Spaces in Construction webpage. For questions, please contact one of the NDSC’s Safety Consultants at (701) 223-6372.



What Are the Odds?
NSC Releases Updated ‘Odds of Dying’ Statistics
 
June 8, 2015 - To kick off National Safety Month, the National Safety Council released its annual Odds of Dying list, which uses fatality data for the entire U.S. population to explain the average person's lifetime odds of dying from various causes.
 
The list includes the odds of the following fatal events:
  • A motor vehicle crash (1 in 112 chance)
  • Overdosing on opioid prescription painkillers (1 in 234)
  • Walking down or crossing the street (1 in 704)
  • Complications from surgical or medical care (1,532)

"Americans worry about the wrong things. For example, 865 times more people are killed in motor vehicle crashes than in commercial plane crashes," said Deborah A.P. Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council. "Knowing the real odds of dying can empower people to make better choices and result in longer lives."

Click here to download the latest statistics.



Are You Receiving Our Email Updates?

The NDSC sends out relevant safety and training information to members and safety advocates, via email, on a regular basis. Some companies’ Internet Service Providers (ISP) block emails from the NDSC’s email service, Constant Contact. If your company is a member of the NDSC, or you have signed up to receive our email updates, but have not been receiving them,

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD INSTRUCTIONS TO UNBLOCK INCOMING NDSC EMAILS.

If you would like to receive our email updates but are not currently signed up, please sign up today! We offer information including monthly training updates, NDSC Quarterly Newsletters, and relevant safety news updates.

To sign up, simply email serenas@ndsc.org and let us know what information you are interested in receiving.


News You Can Use


View data on disasters with new tool from FEMA
June 19, 2015 - A new tool from FEMA offers information about hurricanes and other disasters.

AMA policy aims to reduce youth concussion risks
June 19, 2015 - Concussions have become a major issue for athletes, particularly young athletes, and the American Medical Association has taken a stance to help reduce the risks of concussions in youth sports.

NTSB: Collision avoidance systems should be standard on all passenger, commercial vehicles
June 19, 2015 - The National Transportation Safety Board is calling for collision avoidance systems to be standard in all new passenger and commercial vehicles.

OSHA highlights 2 fatal events, offers tips on avoiding future incidents
June 19, 2015 - Two new resources from OSHA detail worker fatalities involving electrocution and engulfment and explain how similar events can be prevented.

NIOSH offers guidance on avoiding silica exposure from fiber-cement siding
June 19, 2015 - A simple solution could allow construction workers to reduce their exposure to crystalline silica when cutting fiber-cement siding, according to NIOSH. 

'Heat is on the way,' OSHA and the National Weather Service warn
June 19, 2015 - OSHA administrator David Michaels is asking meteorologists and newscasters to incorporate worker safety messages into broadcasts about approaching hot weather hazards.

Interim policy allows limited use of pre-2012-compliant hazcom labels
June 19, 2015 - An OSHA interim policy issued May 29 allows limited continued use of hazard communication labels that are not yet in compliance with the revised Hazard Communication Standard released in 2012.

Roofing contractor indicted for fatal fall, accused of lying to investigators
June 19, 2015 - In a rare criminal prosecution for a workplace fatality, the Department of Justice has charged a roofing company owner with attempting to cover up his failure to provide fall protection for a worker who fell 45 feet to his death.

Click here for full stories on the NDSC's news page.

 


 

The North Dakota Safety Council provides safety training and services across the state, including the cities of Bismarck, Devils Lake, Dickinson, Fargo, Grand Forks, Jamestown, Minot and Williston.